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Initiative – A One-Minute Testimonial Announcement

Faith Committee, Character Council of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky


Contributed from Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations


The father of Cyrus Hall McCormick (1809-84) was a mechanical genius and invented many farm devices, but he had become the laughingstock of the community on account of his failure to make a grain-cutting device operate successfully. In spite of the discouragements of his father and the ridicule of the neighbors, young McCormick took up the old machine; and after years of initiative, experimentation and failure, he finally succeeded in constructing a reaper which would cut grain.

But even then jealous opposition prevented it from being used, and it was only after years of labor to introduce it, and his personal guarantee to each purchaser that it would harvest the crop, that he succeeded in making sales. After long years of waiting, he arranged with a firm in Cincinnati to manufacture 100 machines, and the famous McCormick reaper was born.

[Adapted with permission from Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations, by Paul Lee Tan, Bible Communications, Inc., Dallas, TX, 1998, #9267]



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